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New year gardening kit for propagation
Gardens

It's the start of a new year and gardeners are busily planning and ordering seeds for the gardening season ahead. It's a good time to take stock of your tools and equipment too, and if you find you're in need of some new kit, our pick of potting and propagation sundries can help you out. 

Lilies offer HW Hyde & Sons
Plants

Now is the time to order your lily bulbs ready for an impressive and fragrant display come summer. Specialist nursery HW Hyde & Son is offering readers this easy-to-grow collection at a great price. Offer ends 28 February 2018.

Hortus Loci reader day
Plants

Join us for a behind-the-scenes preview of the plants destined for Chelsea’s top show gardens, with a private tour of growers Hortus Loci and a talk from award-winning designer Matt Keightley - Friday 20th April 2018

Ideas for decorating the dinner table for Christmas

Brighten up your Christmas table with these festive arrangements using evergreens and winter-flowering shrubs. 

Clematis Montana
Plants

Although renowned for their vigour, Clematis montana can be compact plants suitable for growing in smaller gardens - or even large pots. Here is a gallery of some recommended cultivars from the National Collection, held by Val Le Neville-Parry. Photographs by Dianna Jazwinski.

Plants

In the second of our four-part series on identifying trees Lia Leendertz explains how to identify conifers. Here she takes a closer look at the Scots pine, yew and larch. 

An aerial view of Lowther Castle
Gardens

Enjoy a unique aerial view of the castle and garden at Lowther Castle in Cumbria. 

The best gardening books 2017

Gardens Illustrated pick 14 favourite gardening reads from 2017

Hardiness ratings

You may have seen plant descriptions followed by a coding of numbers and letters. Here's an explanation of the plant hardiness systems used here and in the USA.

Outdoor Christmas lights

Bring the joy of Christmas lights out into the garden this year with one of these enchanting designs. 

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